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          Search engine optimization (SEO) helps businesses drive visits to their website through organic search traffic. Given that the top organic search results receive a third of the clicks, a decline in ranking could be detrimental for your business. Implementing SEO best practices on your website will help to ensure that your web content is seen by as many potential customers as possible. The more visitors you have, the better your chances are of converting those visits into sales!

          Local search engine optimization (SEO) helps local businesses gain visibility by optimizing their local business listings for local search. A business that leverages local SEO will include its address, phone number, local opening times, and exact location in the form of a local citation. The goal is to rank for local searches which are usually performed by people in a specific geographical region looking for a business near them.

          We typically see results within the first 30 to 60 days, but when it comes to SEO, there are many factors at play. It's important to remember that SEO is a long-term strategy and results may not come as fast at you wish.

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          Digital advertising uses the internet to send advertisements to customers who are online through different websites and social media platforms like Google, Bing, LinkedIn and Facebook.

          The price for Google Ads management depends on the monthly ad spend. For accounts with $1,000 in monthly ad spend, the price is $550/month. Between $1,000 and $5,000 a month in ad spend, the price is $950/month. For $5,000 to $10,000 a month in ad spend, the price is $2,000/month. For more than $10,000 a month in ad spend, the price is $4,500/month.

          The price for Social Media Ads management depends on the monthly ad spend. For accounts with $1,000 in monthly ad spend, the price is $550/month. Between $1,000 and $5,000 a month in ad spend, the price is $950/month. For $5,000 to $10,000 a month in ad spend, the price is $2,000/month. For more than $10,000 a month in ad spend, the price is $4,500/month.

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          This depends on the complexity and size of a redesign and if eCommerce is needed. On average, it takes around 14-18 weeks from the web design intensive stage to launch.

          If your website experiences the following issues: it’s not responsive on all devices, has a slow loading speed, the design appears old and tired, users don’t spend long on the site, sales are stagnant, or your business is going through a rebranding - your website needs a redesign to boost your brand awareness and sales.

          Sometimes there’s no need to rebuild a website. Minor edits, refreshing page content and images, or restructuring page layout for SEO best practices can boost traffic and sales.

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          Semantic search launched in 2013 with the release of Google's Hummingbird update. Since then, Google's search engine has become more complex. The integration of machine learning, with RankBrain, and NLP, with BERT, has enabled the search engine to better understand the context of a query and deliver more personalized and targeted results. Semantic SEO is the process of creating machine-readable content using structured data and linked open data to help search engines better understand your content.

          On-page SEO is the practice of optimizing individual web pages in order to rank higher and earn more relevant traffic in search engines. On-page SEO refers to both the content and HTML source code of a page that can be optimized, as opposed to off-page SEO which refers to links and other external signals. From meta tags to page content, website structure, and HTML, on-page optimization services are focused on making your website more visible to search engines.

          Structured data refers to any organized data that conforms to a certain format, such as information in a relational database. When information is highly structured and predictable, search engines can more easily organize and display it in creative ways. Structured data involves using a piece of code that is laid out in a specific format easily understood by search engines. The search engines read the code and use it to display search results in a more dynamic way.

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          An SEO agency has experts in different areas of search engine optimization that may be out of the realm of your marketing team's abilities. SEO can be very complex and time-consuming. Furthermore, as search engine algorithms change it can be difficult to stay current on the latest ranking factors and strategies for improving online visibility. You will likely see a greater return on investment and better results from using a professional SEO agency than you would from tackling this on your own.

          As a digital marketing agency, SMA Marketing provides products and services in four areas: SEO, Local SEO, Digital Advertising, and Web Design

          We focus on building authentic, long-lasting relationships with our clients. We’re goal oriented and results driven and believe in doing good and making a difference in the world.

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Have You Been Burned by A Bad SEO Agency? The Dos and Don’ts of SEO

Are you frustrated and disappointed with the SEO agency you’ve hired? Unfortunately, you’re not alone. A number of the clients we have coming to us have “tried” SEO before, but instead of getting results, they just got more headaches. Most of these other SEO companies aren’t necessarily frauds, many of them just haven’t evolved with the industry and continue to use outdated and ineffective strategies, many of which worked well in the past. But, many of theses old tactics don’t help at all anymore and could even cause your site to be penalized.

So what should you look out for when trying to determine which SEO agency to hire? The search marketing world is more competitive than ever. In order to find an agency that will help you meet your online marketing goals, there are a few things you need to look for. Below we will walk through the do’s and don’ts of both bad and good SEO agencies so you can be sure you don’t get burned again!

SEO Red Flags

Running a comprehensive SEO audit is the first thing I do before ever moving forward with a client. This allows for me to see the holes in the current strategy and then plan accordingly to make sure that the business I am working with will get results. Below are few of the most common red flags or issues I come across during the initial audit phase as well as few claims I hear all the time.

The Ranking Claim

Any agency promising you a first page ranking within a certain time limit should raise a red flag for you. It’s not that this isn’t possible, because it is. The issue is that in order to achieve this, some sort of manipulation is needed. While you could have some short term success, in the long run this will cause you more frustration than you signed up for. Why? First, many of the tactics used to achieve these claims are what we in the SEO world called “Black Hat”. These tactics can cause your site to be penalized. The second issue, is that many of theses tactics are also spammy. This gives your brand a bad name and takes more work to fix.

Low Quality Content

More isn’t always better. Many SEO’s will publish a ton of junk content for the purpose of trying to gain rankings. Full disclosure, in my early days of SEO I used to do this, but in today’s world it just won’t work. SEO is more than just building links and ranking, it’s about building trust for your brand and connecting you with potential customers online.

When someone comes across your content you need to be able to answer “Yes” to these two questions. Am I proud of the article and believe it reflects my brand?  Does the content add value to my audience?

Cracked Foundation

Any SEO agency that doesn’t have a solid on-page SEO strategy should be avoided. Your website is the foundation for all of your success and if your on page SEO is a mess, you can’t expect to succeed. Some of the most common issues I come across are the lack of image ALT tags, misuse of H Tags and improper or confusing internal link structures. These are all basic and essential elements your site needs to have optimized.

No Real Business Metrics

Reports that show fancy bar graphs and lots of keywords with ranking changes are cool, but do they actually show the impact on your business. Does it really matter how many social bookmarks you got if the traffic bounces right off your site? Good SEO will not only get you more visitors, but help convert them with great content.

What “Good SEO” Looks Liked

No First Page Ranking Promises

That’s right, a good SEO won’t promise you a ranking, but you can be darn sure we will work for it. It may take time, sometimes up to a year, but the practices used by good SEO will ensure that you stay there and convert that traffic. We will talk about strategy, keyword research and competitive analysis. We’ll help you understand social media and how it can help you build a connection with your audience and amplify your content. Finally, we will help you understand that SEO is first user-focused and then search engine-focused.

Focused on User Engagement

Creating engaging content is essential to successful SEO. But in order for them to work together, you need to produce long form content that adds value to your audience. A study at the Capsicum Mediaworks blog discovered that pages in the top 10 of Google’s search results tended to have at least 2000 words.  If you don’t have anything meaningful to say, just don’t say anything.  Take time and research good ideas and write better content. Content that is useful to your audience and focused around one long tailed keyword.

Strong Foundation

A good SEO agency will take the time to audit your site and make sure that it is as healthy as possible. At Shelley Media Arts we run an in-depth audit of each of the sites we market for and map out a plan of action to deal with each issue. We address everything from structure of the site, meta descriptions and titles, images ALT tags, H Tags, schema mark up and more. Like we stated before, your website is the center piece of a success search marketing strategy. Making sure your website’s on page SEO is in order is very important.

Check out our SEO On Page Checklist to get your started 

Goals Around Business Results

The ultimate goal of any marketing strategy is to produce real business results. You want to know that your money is being spent effectively and the investment you made into SEO has a positive ROI.  A good SEO agency will not only share what they’ve accomplished and the statistical results, but will tie it all back to real business metrics. SEO is about growing your businesses exposure and a quality SEO agency will do more than just drive more traffic to your site, they’ll drive more business to your business.

While you may have been burned in the past, giving up on marketing your business online will just put you further behind your competition. Not all SEO agencies are bad and even some of the ones still using old tactics just simply got caught up in old processes. SEO still works, maybe even better than ever. You just need to be sure that you hire an agency that is focused on driving value to your audience and that stays on top of industry and the changes.

If you’ve been burned or have any SEO questions, please comment below. The more we share and connect the better we all get.

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